Biog

Flute, bass flute, piano, keyboards, composer, bandleader, educator.

Eddie has been central to some of the most important British jazz in recent years. He was a founder member of and an important composer for Loose Tubes, the legendary UK 1980s big band. In the 1990’s he was a key member of the headlining Bheki Mseleku Band, featuring drummer Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, and also featured as a soloist and composer in Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice.

From the 90’s on he has led  his own bands “Eddie Parker’s Mister Vertigo” and “Eddie Parker Quartet” featuring the amazing Kit Downes on piano. “Eddie Parker’s Bombus Bombus” played at Bangkok International Jazz Festival in 2011.  “Twittering Machine”, a world-music/jazz multi instrumentalist band, played at the first International Jazz Festival in Sarajevo in 1997.  “The Eddie Parker Group” also recorded two albums “Transformations of the Lamp” and “Everything you do to me” on FMR.

Eddie runs his own music education company Groove On,  has been lecturing, workshopping and teaching at all levels for most of his career.

Eddie is often a featured guest soloist:  with Afrika Mkhize, Young Jazz Musician of 2011 at Grahamstown Festival, South Africa; on Mercury Award nominated Led Bib’s BBC Jazz On 3 radio broadcast 2009; on Django Bates’ “Music for the Third Policeman” album, 1990, to name a few.

Currently Eddie is working on his BBC commission for the forthcoming Loose Tubes reunion performances; he continues to perform with his own bands as well as with the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. He also continues to work on various recording, performance, composition and educational projects.